The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 24, 1993, Image 7

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24,1993 Wednesday, March 24,1993 The Battalion Page 7 to Norwood slot ished tht nation it vie, anii Confen a seaso: ie Ak\\ e also be- lead the ive cate- dal place " Davie dted that : job I've opportu- nt heat ■esponsi- inator.” 1 as line- 'ersity of the Pan- aong the ion, and 1 country 981 sea- Continued from Page 5 ever-humble Notre Dame Fight ing Irish and the Oilers and Saints turned the Heimlich ma neuver into an exercise in futili ty, that week turned out to be the longest one of my life. In fact, I still wonder if it's com pletely over. I had little hope of improve ment with the new basketball season. But even though the Aggies finished with another losing record, the improvement of the team made this season pass by at light speed compared to last year. Now that the local college season is over, we get to experi ence three radically different sit uations. For those of us partial to the Rockets, the past two months have been a giddy blur. In Dallas, hours have oeen more like eons for the Mavericks' faithful. San Antonio's season has been a combination of both extremes. March is the best and worst month for me. I delight in the yearly overdose on NCAA Tour nament games, even if three of the teams I picked to make the Final Four this year have al ready been eliminated. But spring training seems to last longer than the Energizer rabbit, and for each step closer to open ing day it seems to get farther away. There is a new twist now, though. With opening day straggling in, it's amazing to think that A&M's baseball sea son is already half over. If you're wondering where the first half of the season went like I am, the answer is probably in the Aggies' 25-3 record and place among the top five teams in the nation. As far as problems go, this is not a major one. I could be bas ing my sense of time on the state legislature's ability to pass an education funding bill. Or bas ing it on the anticipation of graduation, which seems like it's a lifetime away. And there's al ways the issue of wondering how many playings of Tibetan monk chants it will take to roust David Koresh out of his Waco love nest. Maybe it's just time to wake up and smell the Gatorade. The way the seasons ebb and flow, everything will even out in the end. If all indications are correct, this summer will last a millisec ond for Astros and Rangers fans. Next fall should seem like an other short one for all the joyrid ers on the Cowboys bandwagon, and for their true fans as well, while the following postseason will probably be a long, Colum bia blue one for the rest of us. And if the NCAA uses some good judgment in their investi gation of Warren Gilbert, we'll once again wonder where all the time went in Kyle Field. So that's it. No more worry ing about the long wait for the NBA Finals, the World Series or the Cotton Bowl. It's over. Fin ished. By the way, how many days to Super Bowl XXVIII? issistaii! irdinatoi m 1983- rs coack ma from a named Grieving Indians attempt to move ahead and deal with teammates' boating tragedy iporting e of the THE ASSOCIATED PRESS l nt. he ed : 5 WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The awful sound of silence filled the Chain O'Lakes ballpark Tuesday in the wake of an unprecedented iragedy. The death of two Cleveland In dians pitchers and the injury of another in a boating accident late Monday left the team in tears, shock and sorrow. Steve Olin was killed instantly when the power boat rammed a dock in darkness at almost head level. Tim Crews, who officials said was driving the boat, died a few hours later after being hospi talized with head and lung in juries. Bob Ojeda suffered cuts on his head and was in serious condition after surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery. It was the first time two major- leaguer baseball players were killed in the same accident. The 18-foot Skeeter bass boat, which had a 150-horsepower mo tor and a top speed of 60 mph, "was at near-full throttle," said It. Bruce Cooper, a regjyqpal fatali ty investigator of the Florida Fresh Water Fish and Game Com mission. Cooper said it would take sev eral days for toxicology reports to determine If the players had been drinking. Cooper said investiga tors, "found full beer cans in an ice chest and a liter of vodka al most full." The accident occurred on Little Lake Nellie, about 27 miles north of Winter Haven, at the end of a day the players spent picnicking with their families on the team's only break of the spring. Second baseman Carlos Baerga said most of the players had gath ered at the Holiday Inn near the ballpark by about 3 a.m. "Everyone was crying," said Baerga. "I went over to the Holi day Inn because that's where a lot of the guys are staying. When something like that happens, you have to be strong." Shortly after dawn, Indians' manager Mike Hargrove and John Hart, the club's general manager, gathered the ballplayers at the clubhouse. It was a meeting filled with talk and tears. "What happened is hard for our team," Baerga said. "Right now we are surprised about what happened. The team is real down. We hurt for their familes and kids." Hart said counseling would be made available to any players who need help in dealing with the loss. The Indians' scheduled exhibi tion games Tuesday and Wednes day were canceled. They will practice on Wednesday. "We want to start the healing process as soon as we can," Har grove said. "There are going to be enough reminders that Steve and Tim are no longer with us. We don't need to be reminded of that. So, with that in mind, we are go ing to start to work out Wednes day." "We know we have a season to play," Hart said. "We'll try to do that. We'll try to operate in the way they would want us to do if they were here." A memorial service for players and families is scheduled for Wednesday night. Andre Thorn ton, a former Indians' player who is an ordained minister, will lead the services. Olin, 27, came up in the Cleve land organization in 1989 and emerged as their best reliever last season, when he led the team with 29 saves. He was 8-5 with a 2.34 ERA. Crews, 31, who came from Los Angeles as a free agent this year, was 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 49 games with the Dodgers last sea son. He was in the Indians' camp as a nonroster invitee. Ojeda, 35, also came to the In dians as a free agent this winter. Last season, he was 6-9 for Los Angeles with a 3.63 ERA. )e- ed NORML Continued from Page 1 ;nt volved with drug abuse will sort themselves out, Reardon said. "From what I've seen. I'm not so sure they will." Lt. Bert Kretzschmar of the University Police Department said reckless driving while under the influence of marijuana is his major concern. 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